Thursday, 7 April 2016

How To Keep Your Home Safe From Fire

Would you know what to do if a fire broke out in your home? Would you be able to keep your whole family safe? Have you got smoke detectors? Do you check the regularly, or do you not know if the batteries still work? Have you ever practised what you would actually do if a fire did break out?
If you’ve answered no to any of to any of these questions, then it is time to do something about it. Don't put it off! Taking these crucial steps now will mean you can have peace of mind knowing what you would do if the worst did happen. After all, no one wants to risk their family's well being. Especially when there are lots of things you can do to keep them safe.
Make an Escape Route: Here, you need to devise a simple, easy to follow plan for your family if a fire catches hold in your home. Ensure it is not complicated so everybody can understand it. Basics include making sure you have two routes of escape from every room. Also designate a “meeting place” like outside a neighbor's house across the road or a lamppost a few doors down. Right outside your home isn’t the best idea, if the fire is dangerous you may not be safe so close by. This is where you will all endeavour to reach if there is an emergency.
Making sure your home is safe in the first place is vital. Prevention is much better than cure. Every single day you should be making sure there are no potential hazards that could endanger you or others. It’s essential to have contingency plans in place, but we’d all prefer it if we never had to bring them into force!
Whatever you do, don’t forget to install smoke alarms. And even more importantly, check them on a regular basis. They are absolutely worthless if they aren’t going to do what they are meant to do! Research has shown that more than fifty percent of all fire-related deaths happen in places that don’t have a smoke detector fitted. Or, ones that weren't working properly. Don’t be that person. Check them weekly to make sure they’re going to keep you safe!
If you have an old fashioned fire, make sure your chimney is cleaned at least once a year. One of the biggest causes of fires in older properties is not having your chimney properly maintained. Built up dirt and soot can be a fire hazard. Reputable companies like Sooty and Sweeps can make sure your flue is as fresh as can be, and will provide you with a certificate to say so.
Practice Fire Safety. Like anything in life, if you want to get better at something, you have to put the practice in. Keeping yourself safe is no different at all. Make sure you practise your family fire drill and make sure children know the routine by heart. Try not to scare them by taking too much about fire, make it into a fun game. You don’t want to give them nightmares, do you!

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